Are you making a coast to coast move? How much will it cost?
If you’re moving from sea to shining sea, you have a big task ahead of you. Coast to coast, you could be traveling as far as 3,000 miles. That’s a long drive no matter how you do it. When it comes to choosing how you’ll get your belongings across the country, you’ll find there are several options available, each with unique costs and requirements, and we’ll talk about those options. But the big, most important question is, “how much does it cost?”
Price all depends on your needs and how much of the work you’re willing and able to do.
If you can do your own packing, loading, and unloading, U-Pack offers big savings! Just load a trailer or container at your home, we’ll drive it to your new home, and when you’re finished unloading, we’ll pick it up. The price compares to truck rental, but you can drive the 2,000-3,000 miles in the comfort of your own vehicle instead of a large box truck. It’s an option more and more people are selecting.
U-Pack offers instant moving quotes online, so it’s easy to calculate how much it costs to move from East to West Coast.
What Options are Available?
It’s important to note that some movers are not licensed for interstate moving—just local or intrastate moves. Of course, because you’re moving across state lines, coast-to-coast moves require services that are licensed for intrastate moving. Here are some of your options:
You pack, we drive. This is a nice mix of “do-it-yourself” and “do-it-for-me” moving. You pack and load your belongings and an experienced driver moves it across the country. It’s what U-Pack specializes in and where our prices are most competitive. Flexible pricing means you only pay for the space you use, regardless of what you reserve (down to a 5 ft. minimum or 1 ReloCube).
So with this service, you load up the truck, and head out across the country in your vehicle. You can track the shipment 24/7 as it travels, and schedule delivery when you get to your new home. The transit time averages about 4-5 business days cross country.
Rental Trucks. When you’re moving just down the street, it’s a cheap way to move, but when you’re driving from coast to coast, it’s not. Truck rental rates don’t include fuel. If you’re driving 3,000 miles in a rental truck, you can expect to pay more than $1,400 for fuel. Use the rental truck fuel calculator to figure out the cost of fuel for your move.
Now, take fuel, tax, damage coverage, and travel costs (like hotel stays and food), and stack it on top of the stress of driving a large, unfamiliar truck across the country, and it gets less and less appealing.
Portable moving and storage containers. These ground-level units are dropped off at your home, you load them, and they’re transported to your new home. It’s a great solution for moving a small house or apartment from east to west coast.
U-Pack’s portable moving and storage container is called a ReloCube. It’s a metal, weatherproof container that is secured with your very own padlock. U-Pack can store it, or deliver to your door for unloading—whatever fits your needs. Get a free moving quote to determine your U-Pack moving cost for a ReloCube—with or without storage! Check here for info on comparing PODS® prices to U-Pack.
Full-Service Moves. Here you’ll get a more “hands off” approach to moving. You pay others to pack, load, drive, and unload for you. And your price is normally based on the weight of your shipment. Of course, since it includes more services, it costs more. You’ll also often find longer transit times with full service movers—upwards of 14-21 days (or more) for a cross-country move.
Calculate Your East to West Coast Moving Cost
Your U-Pack price is based on your locations, how much you’re moving, and when you’re moving. You can use an easy online space estimator to help figure out how much space you need, then get a free quote online. Then, if you need help with loading and unloading, let us know and we’ll refer you to a nationwide network of movers that can help with it all, or just the big stuff, at rates that are normally a lot less than full-service movers.
If you need help planning your coast-to-coat move, we’re here to help! Call us at 800-413-4799 or leave a comment.